Which bottle should I open next?
I haven't tried any of these before and I seem to have six Islays open, three Islands and four others. I just fancy something new. Maybe I'll dig into my box of miniatures while the poll runs
On the other hand, if I had that Allt-a-Bhainne on my shelf, I'd want to open it, just out of curiosity. And if that Smith's Glenlivet were a cask strength, there would be no contest.
I put the Allt-a-Bhainne on the list because of the recent "interesting" threads on the place and yes, I want to try it out of curiosity. My main concern is that I could get bored with it after a dram or two...
Unfortunately the Glenlivet is a typical 40% offering. All the great cask strength stuff gets shipped right to the USA. Can't get a bottle of Nadurra over here
On that basis, unless you want to try something different (bored of same ol', same ol') I'd go for Clynelish. Different enough to raise eyebrows, but it has enough flavour to not get lost among the Islays...
Just my $0.02...
A dive through the river Spey to find the island of Islay underneath.
The boss's fave (if there is one), fruity with a peaty undercurrent. Ace.
[Blind tasting note from RJ during the SFWC:
Intense and engaging nose - pungent, phenolic . Strong liquorice flavours, Pontefract cakes and peat emerging, Very pleasant.]
Also, I get Mustard (Colemans English) from Clynelish so if your forum name is anything to go by you should be right home here
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In the end I opened the Glenfiddich, my determination not to be a snob The last time I opened a bottle of Glenfiddich it was the NAS stuff and had a plastic screw top!
This 18 year old was very nice indeed, reminded me of wine gums and a good dessert wine. No comprehensive notes, maybe I'll make the effort a bit further into the bottle.
Yes I am going to open all the others in time, I was interested to know what other people's views were .... and the Clynelish and Allt-a-Bhainne keep calling to me for different reasons.
Drrich1965 wrote:I would have voted anyting BUT the Clynelish 14. <snip> dissaster<snip> dulled by caraml <snip>....A shadow of what this wonderfully complex malt can and should be.
I have a Clynelish 14 and a Clynelish Distillers Edition on hand but I can't recall ever drinking Clynelish so I thought I ought to start with the 14 and see what develops. Now I have heard a lot about it, mustard, horseradish, caramel and even hot and dull I'll definitely taste it with some of these comments in mind, sometimes a whisky defies all the nay sayers and sometimes I am mystified by all the praise one might have received....
Which bottle should I open next?
Clynelish 14 year old [ 8 ]
Glenmorangie Artisan Cask [ 4 ]
Glenlivet 21 year old Smiths [ 4 ]
Glenfiddich 18 year old Ancient Reserve [ 3 ]
Allt a Bhainne 1991 14 year old G&M [ 4 ]
Total Votes : 23
Since I started the thread, the Glenfiddich has taken a hammering, the Allt-a-Bhaiine has disappeared (some has gone in samples) and the Artisan Cask has been sampled. I'm thinking of pulling the cork on the Glenlivet in half an hour just to compare it with the OB 12 year old. Only the much voted for Clynelish has been ignored.
That's the last time I ask the forum to vote on anything!
Until next time
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